Backing up MBP HD to a NTFS formatted drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by greenythebeast, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. greenythebeast macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2008
    Is it possible to back up my MBP HD to a NTFS formatted drive? I looked at Carbon Copy and it said I needed to reformat to backup the HD. Am I doing something wrong? Please help!
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    There is a really long, complicated process involve with making OS X NTFS compatible, which is NTFS-3G ( i think)

    Your best bet is to reformat with FAT, which you will be able to use cross platform.

    Alternatively, this product claims to allow you to write to NTFS:
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    OS X cannot write to NTFS out of the box, and the plugins mentioned ^^^ can be a bit unstable from time to time. Best way to ensure data integrity is to reformat as either FAT32 (MSDOS) or HFS+.

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